H just turned four months the other day – where has the time gone? And although my pediatrician was very clear that she does not suggest introducing solids until six months, H cannot get enough milk and I certainly can’t keep up with him.
So after doing a lot of research on my own, and asking my sister-in-law who is a pediatric physician’s assistant what she felt was safe, I decided to go for it and introduce some rice cereal. I figured, the worst thing that could happen was that he wouldn’t like it and we would try again another time, but that was not the case.
He took to it like a duck to water! He knew exactly what to do and seemed to really enjoy it. In fact, he almost ate the whole bowl (which was a tablespoon of rice cereal mixed with two-three tablespoons of breast milk).
I by no means think I know more than a pediatrician, although my actions may say differently, but I just couldn’t imagine H finishing an entire bottle of 8 ounces and then going back and filling it up again would keep him full and satisfied. I also feel that every child is different and that there is no rule across the board that works for EVERY child. And I did not enter into this decision lightly.
Some tips I found that helped are:
1. I sate him in his high chair at the table with us while we were eating for almost two weeks before we started the cereal. I gave him toys while he sat there because I wanted him to get used to his chair and associate it with fun.
2. My husband and I also talked to him about what we were eating and how delicious it was. I try to tell him as much about what I’m doing anyway, so this was just an extension of that. I figure it can only help him learn about his surroundings.
3. I introduced the cereal when he was in a good mood. This was right after he woke up from a nap and was not starving, but was getting hungry. If he starts to fuss, I give him his bottle. If he still seems hungry after his bottle, I try the cereal again. He usually takes it before and after his bottle with no problem, and because he’s in a good mood, my hope is he will associate food and happiness together.
What other tips do you have for introducing solids to your little one?